**Hunter here. Enjoy this guest-post from my friend Carla Naumburg!
I wish I could tell you that it was a noble search for truth or a deep spiritual quest that brought me to mindfulness, but it was something much more banal.
I just wanted to stop yelling at my kids so much.
After months of trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to whisper instead of yell or do ten jumping jacks when I felt tense, I found mindfulness. The more I learned about mindful parenting, the more I understood what it is really about, and how it is different from what I had been doing all along.
For so long, I had been trying to fix myself. I saw myself as flawed, as a bad mother who needed to be better. Sometimes I still do feel that way. But each time I let myself get caught up in that kind of negative thinking, I just feel worse. I feel stressed and ashamed, and I end up yelling all over again.
Taking a mindful approach to my experience is just the opposite. (more…)Leave a comment
I’m not writing this from home because I’m totally offline this week. Myself, my husband, and my girls – we’re away.
And it’s definitely not your average summer vacation!
There’s no pool. No beach.
And, get this…no ice cream.
Indeed, there isn’t any beer, wine or even coffee. Crazy, right?
I know it seems weird, but we’ve felt more calm, relaxed moments – and, above all, peace – here than in most other places.
Where the heck are we?Leave a comment
Today’s podcast is dedicated to everyone who has every struggled or who is currently struggling with body image.
Is that just about everyone?!?
We live in a culture that looks down on and shames those of us with curvier bodies. The mass-market media ideal of perfection is unattainable and leaves dangerous and life-threatening scars in women. Anna Guest-Jelly is fighting that.Leave a comment
So you’ve started to meditate. Good for you!
You want to realize the amazing, research-proven benefits. We all want more emotional stability, less stress and anxiety, and decreased reactivity.
I’m thrilled. The world needs more people who want to “become the change” like you!
Getting started can be the hardest part. So give yourself a pat on the back for diving in. It actually takes a lot of courage to sit in the raw reality of the present moment. It’s not easy, but so, so fruitful.
For me, meditation was the #1 most effective thing in reducing depressive mood swings and anxiety. Now, I very rarely get the deep lows that visited me regularly before. It’s like an amazing miracle drug with no side effects.
Now that you’ve started, how do you keep your practice going?
Boost your budding practice by avoiding the mistakes that nearly every beginning meditator makes:Leave a comment
How do you feel about your body? If you’ve heard that voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t thin enough, pretty enough… fill in the blank, then you are normal. And isn’t that sad that so many women and girls walk through life feeling not enough?
The guest on Yoga Stories Project today is out to change that. Melody Moore is a clinical therapist and the founder of the Embody Love Movement.Leave a comment